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Fundamentals of Forensic Science, Second Edition [Hardcover]

Max M. Houck , Jay A. Siegel
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February 3, 2010 0123749891 978-0123749895 2
Unlike other introductory textbooks on the topic, Fundamentals of Forensic Science, 2e presents a complete look at the forensic sciences, emphasizing the biology, chemistry, and physical sciences that underpin forensic science. This edition features more than 40% newly revised content, covering the principles that are central to forensic science. Discussing topics that are typically excluded from generalized discussions of criminalistics, this book provides a depth and breadth of information that no other textbook contains. Written by two of the leading experts in forensic science today, Fundamentals of Forensic Science, 2e approaches the field from a truly unique and exciting perspective.

* Vivid, full-color illustrations that diagram key concepts and depict evidence encountered in the field
* Straightforward unit organization that includes key terms, numerous feature boxes emphasizing Internet resources, historical events in forensic science, practical issues in laboratory analysis, and topics for further reading
* Effective pedagogy, including end-of-chapter questions, paired with a clear writing style makes this an invaluable resource for professors and students of forensic science

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"[A] complete look at the core disciplines, emphasizing biology, chemistry, and physical sciences that underpin forensic science. For example, a chapter on "Forensic Hair Examinations" begins by explaining how hair grows and its microanatomy, before moving on to discuss how to differentiate between human and non-human hair, how to estimate the ethnicity or ancestry of an individual from hair, and the process of comparing a known hair sample to a questioned hair. It is written and organized in a logical and practical manner that engages the reader to learn more."--Evidence Technology Magazine

About the Author

Max M. Houck is the Director of the Forensic Science Initiative at West Virginia University, a program that develops research and professional training for forensic scientists and related professionals. Mr. Houck is a trace evidence expert and forensic anthropologist who was assigned to the Trace Evidence Unit at the FBI Laboratory from 1992 to 2001. While at the FBI, Mr. Houck worked over 800 cases, including several major cases. Before joining WVU, he was assigned to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, to assist with the examination and identification of the victims of the 9-11-01 Pentagon attack. Mr. Houck is the recipient of an FBI Performance Award and the ASTM Forensic Sciences Award in 2000. Mr. Houck is the editor of two volumes of case reviews, Mute Witnesses and Trace Evidence Analysis, both published with Academic Press.

Jay Siegel is Director of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from George Washington University. He worked for 3 years at the Virginia Bureau of Forensic Sciences, analyzing drugs, fire residues and trace evidence. From 1980 to 2004 he was professor of forensic chemistry and Director of the forensic science program at Michigan State University in the School of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Siegel has testified over 200 times as an expert witness in 12 states, Federal Court and Military Court. He is Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, author of Forensic Science: A Beginner's Guide and Fundamentals of Forensic Science and has over 30 publications in forensic science journals. Dr. Siegel was awarded the 2005 Paul Kirk Award for lifetime achievement in forensic science. In February 2009, he was named Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. In April 2009 he was named the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award by his alma mater, George Washington University.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (February 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123749891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123749895
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamentals of Forensic Science October 2, 2013
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It is exactly what I needed for my class so I am very pleased with it. I also received the book when you promised it to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book, very helpful! March 2, 2013
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I bought this book for a class, I was concerned it might not be the correct one, but it was and I'm glad I found it cheaper here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Requirement August 20, 2013
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I'm not sure if this was already used. Has some edging problems and a slightly loose binding... so hopefully I won't get blamed for that. This is my FIRST TIME renting a text book for a course. I REAlly didn't want to pay full price since I already had one of the same subject but different author, but the course changed textbooks so I was SOL on that. Textbooks are just too dang expensive, it's a ridiculous market. But gotta do it I guess. The outline seems alright and there's some interesting sections, so I hope it will live up to it's material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamentals of Forensic Science October 8, 2012
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The book came to me in really good shape, especially for being used. I have had no problems with it so far.
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